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Meet Brandan Kelley, Charlie Palmer’s new wine guy

comments () One of the smartest things Drew Hendricks did at Charlie Palmer before grabbing another gold ring of opportunity with Pappas Bros. corporate was hire Brandan Kelley. For nearly five years,...

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‘Bottle Shock’: a valentine to Napa

comments () Few wine lovers do not know the story of The Judgment of Paris, the day in 1976 when California trumped the French in a blind wine-tasting. The nine judges were the cream of French...

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Pappas simplifies wine with ‘Sommelier Selections’

comments () Pappas Bros. Steakhouse can be a little overwhelming when it comes to the 86-page wine list. To make it easier for those disinclined to navigate all its pages, wine director and master...

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‘Bottle Shock,’ Angelika’s wine & popcorn

comments () Wine columnist Rebecca Murphy gives this report on Bottle Shock: I went to see Bottle Shock last night at Angelika. It’s about the 1976 blind tasting of California and French wines...

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Stoney’s returns to wine-bargain roots

comments () In 1998, when Stone Savage situated his wine shop in the unlikely location at the crook of Harry Hines downtown where it angles into Akard, his motto was “100 wines for under $12 in 300...

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Restaurant squeeze means wine bargains at Sigel’s

comments () For those of you who don’t understand how Texas’ liquor laws work (this includes most of us), just trust me when I say, in simplest terms, restaurants in so-called dry areas must buy their...

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Restaurant squeeze and wine bargains at Sigel’s: Part 2

comments () Jasper Russo just sent me an updated list of additional wines that will be available for fire-sale prices at the Addison Sigel’s. Several mentioned in the previous post have already sold...

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Yet more bargain wines at Addison

comments () Jasper Russo, director of wine marketing at Sigel’s, sends along yet more restaurant-wines-not-picked-up that are going on the shelves at the Addison Sigel’s for fire-sale prices. These...

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Sigel’s fire-sale wines reach two-buck chuck price

comments () Sigel’s director of wine marketing Jasper Russo again sends a new list of restaurant wines that were not picked up and so are being deeply discounted at the Addison Sigel’s (Inwood at Belt...

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Sigel’s restaurant inventory sale continues

comments () Sigel’s is adding another batch of wines that will be available for sale today starting at noon. For Yellowtail fans, the shiraz-grenache blend will be $2.99. Cono Sur Cabernet Vision is...

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Master of Wine leads Dali wine tasting

comments () Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine are rare birds, numbering ia few hundred worldwide because the requirements for these credentials are so exacting (as we just saw this past weekend at...

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Vignon makes Caesar salad wine-friendly

comments () Pairing food and wine has been very much on my mind the past few days as I tasted through close to 75 wines (with lectures) at the Texas Sommelier Conference in Austin. I’m also wrapping...

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More fire-sale wines at Sigel’s

comments () By now you know they’re actually wines that restaurants ordered and didn’t pick up that Sigel’s in Addison wants to move on out. We’ve got a few spirits this time and half-bottles...

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Jimmy’s adds a Tuscan tasting

comments () Paul DiCarlo over at Jimmy’s Food Store has added a last-minute Tuscan wine-tasting to the schedule. On Sept. 5, he’ll host Stephane Schaeffer, managing director of Argiano Wines. The...

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Green Paul Dolan wines at P.F. Chang’s

comments () Think treeless paper labels (bamboo). Soy ink. A winery powered by solar and wind (the first carbon-neutral winery in the U.S.). Biodynamic grape-growing. It doesn’t get much greener than...

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Spotting the new Spottswoode releases

comments () Napa Valley’s Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery in St. Helena was green before green was in, getting its vineyards certified organic in 1990. It was also a wine estate long before...

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Jeff Bundschu teams with Bijoux for wine dinner

comments () One of the founding Wine Brats, Jeff Bundschu is president of Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, Calif., and the younger half of the father-son team that make this estate and winery hum....

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Many Dallas restaurants will GO TEXAN on Wednesday with special food and wine...

comments () Don’t forget the GO TEXAN Restaurant Roundup, a special dine-out event being organized for this Wednesday, Oct. 1, by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The meals focus specifically on...

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Sigel’s Elite hosts great port producer Symington

comments () Rupert Symington is coming to Sigel’s Elite for a pair of port seminars next week. This guy’s a big deal: He oversees the Symington Family Estates and is the 13th generation of one …...

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Grape Camp: So you think you want to start a vineyard

comments () If you’ve considered the possibility, or you’ve already got a commercial vineyard or winery, step right up to the 2008 Grape Camp, hosted by the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association...

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At State Street tonight, taste the Trickster

comments () If you need a comfort stop on the way home from downtown or are willing to travel to Uptown, drop in between 6 and 9 p.m. at State Street Spirits, where you can taste some excellent wines...

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Italians turn water into wine!

comments () But it was a plumbing mix-up, not a Feast at Cana-type miracle. Read all about it … [visit site to read more]

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A Marche moment at The Mansion

comments () I learned last week that Rosewood Mansion managing director Duncan Graham has a house in the Marche region of Italy, where I vacationed last month. This is a postcard-perfect region of...

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Update from Doc Lemmon’s San Saba wines

comments () San Saba Vineyards managing director Claire Marlin dropped by recently to chat up the estate’s new and current releases, knowing there’s a special interest in Dallas. The small-production,...

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Dallas Central Market imports Plano wine concept

comments () If you’ve shopped the Plano store, you know what I’m talking about. Besides the regular wine selection, there’s a wall of mostly modestly priced wines categorized by type or style from...

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Kozy Kitchen gets cozier with Grand Tastings

comments () Kozy Kitchen and Grand Tastings across the street on McKinney have always had a close relationship. Now it’s fixing to get closer. Grand Tastings owner Terri Burney is shuttering the wine...

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Another ‘last call’ wine sale at Sigel’s Addison

comments () There have been some good sales at other stores that I haven’t posted and, no, Sigel’s has no special cache with me. It’s just that these restaurant-inventory reduction sales slash prices...

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Sigel’s ’12 Days of Christmas’ wine sale on now

comments () It’s such a gimmick, but it’s so cute. Sigel’s will take 20 percent off all wines in a category of wine each day through Dec. 13. Yesterday was Italy and Spain. Today it’s Chile and...

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Tough times for wine and food: Swirll closing, Copia goes Chapter 11

comments () Pegasus reports that Swirll Winery, the downtown spot in the lobby of the Davis building on Main where you can make your own wine, will close for good Dec. 20. “We ran out of money,”...

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Great gifts for wine geeks, new and seasoned

comments () For some cool and different wine gifts, check out my story “Take 5: wine” here. The Wine Trials book will shock you – so many good, inexpensive wines preferred over pricey ones. And local...

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Of 100-point wines and 30 percent discounts

comments () If you are looking for the “perfect” gift for a wine lover, Sigel’s wants you to know that it has a couple dozen 100-point, 99-point and 98-point Bordeaux (Robert Parker, Wine Spectator...

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Pappas fattens selection of lean-priced wines

comments () Michael Hiller, our intrepid special contributor who reviews restaurants, reports from the field: Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is responding to the challenging economic times by growing their...

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Zymology coming to Lower Greenville

comments () It’s three weeks and counting till the bar-restaurant Zymology opens at 2010 Greenville, next door to Teppo. Here’s what the advertisement for staff says on Craig’s List: “This is not your...

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Pogo’s reduces wine inventory with ‘dot’ sale

comments () Pogo’s clearance sale that starts today includes discounts of up to 35 percent on some wines. Reducing inventory and all that. Early birds get the best pickin’s. Red dot = 35 percent...

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Russell Burkett: new wine steward at Nana

comments () Nana just sent out a release announcing that Russell Burkett is its new wine steward. Burkett has worked at several Dallas restaurants, most recently Cafe on the Green at the Four Seasons...

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Mansion news: not John Tesar

comments () Every Thursday, 6:15 to 7 p.m., starting this week, the bar at the Rosewood Mansion is going to have informal wine tasting/chats with either beverage director Michael Flynn or sommelier...

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Kegs & Barrels closing McKinney store

comments () ‘Just got a release that says the McKinney location of Kegs & Barrels is closing, noting that the lease was up for renewal and the owners decided not to renew. The store will be open...

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The Wine Market & More: back at a new location

comments () I thought The Wine Market & More that was in Turtle Creek Village had gone the way of the sour economy. But no, it’s alive and kicking at its new location: 5715 Lemmon Ave. at Inwood....

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Stoney’s takes it back: not closing

comments () Talk about grabbing victory from the jaws of defeat. In selling their wines at 30 percent off ostensibly to close the store, Stoney and Diana Savage discovered that there’s uber-demand for...

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Ted Allen fans can win a face-to-face with the Food Network ‘personality’

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Another one bites the dust: Farpointe in Frisco

comments () Farpointe Cellar closed its Frisco location last week, I’m told. That’s too bad. It was a nice wine store with good tastings. The original Southlake location is still going strong if you...

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Two Texas wines among DMN Competition golds

comments () Only two Texas wines brought home the gold in the 2009 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, and they’re both made in North Texas. (That’s out of 156 gold medals awarded.) 2006 Fuqua Vat...

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TexSom crowns best sommeliers in Texas

comments () Sadly, no Dallas sommelier made the top three in the Texas Best Sommelier Competition, which was part of the 2009 Texas Sommelier Conference that wrapped up last night at the Four Seasons...

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Academic asserts drinking is in our genes

comments () That’s a wildly sensationalized way to lead into a post about Patrick E. McGovern’s talk last night at the Dallas Museum of Art. He is – let me take a breath before I recite his title –...

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Dallas restaurateurs: Wondering how to improve your wine lists?

comments () Dallas restaurateurs could learn a lot from our friend Alfonso Cevola’s excellent post on his blog, On the Wine Trail in Italy. You may know Alfonso as “the Italian Wine Guy,” but here he...

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Dallas restaurateurs: Either serve us red wine at the right temperature, or...

comments () There's not a red wine on the planet that should be served warmer than 64 degrees F. (Evans Caglage/Staff Photographer) visit site to read more]

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New reviews: The Greek – Pita, Meze, Wine and Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Baby octopus with cannellini beans at the Greek (Lara Solt/Staff Photographer) This week’s review … [visit site to read more]

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Fed up with obscenely high wine prices? BYOB to these Dallas-area restaurants

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Wine group gives Texas a B- in the consumer-friendliness of its wine laws

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Jennifer Eby joins the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek as its new wine director

Jennifer Eby is the Mansion's new wine director, fresh from Vegas visit site to read more]

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